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Senate goes 'nuclear' to advance Trump's nominee for Supreme Court

Senate goes 'nuclear' to advance Trump's nominee for Supreme Court

The Senate was poised to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court on Friday after the Republican majority approved a historic rules change that will make it easier for nominees to ascend to the high court.

Republicans and Democrats alike lamented the partisan maneuvering as the Senate nevertheless voted along party lines to trigger the so-called nuclear option, a parliamentary tactic that wiped out the decades-old 60-vote requirement to end filibusters on Supreme Court nominees.

The immediate result was that Neil M. Gorsuch, a Denver-based appellate judge who attended high school in Maryland, was set to win confirmation with a simple majority — handing...

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